Mario Valdes Dead At 54
September 17, 2007 at 5:30 AM (PT)
MARIO VALDES, an architect by trade who became the architect of public radio station KRCC/COLORADO SPRINGS, died on Friday of complications from lung cancer. He was 54.
“He really embodied the spirit everybody here has with the station and the community,” said KRCC GM DELANEY UTTERBACK.
VALDES started at the station as a volunteer in 1979, became KRCC’s manager and first paid staff member the following year and then ran the station for 26 years. He left the station last year after a dispute with COLORADO COLLEGE, which owns KRCC, over funding.